Lotion & Facemasks
Fragrance additives and other potentially carcinogenic chemicals can be found in scented lotions, moisturizers, creams, and masks. If your favorite product has ‘fragrance’ on the label, consider experimenting and making your own safer and more transparent version of the cream or spray. Any product you rub on your skin can seep through and enter your bloodstream. If you’d like to avoid potentially having parabens, asbestos, and who knows what other toxic compounds in your blood, consider making your own lotion with verifiably safe ingredients. More information here to read more about ‘fragrances’ and their potential to be hazardous.
Applying lotion is important in keeping skin hydrated, glowing, and healthy. Dry skin can be extremely irritating. Itching, redness, and rough ashy appearance are all undesirable and annoying symptoms. Dry skin looks and feels unpleasant and is caused by low humidity, heat, harsh soaps, and boiling hot showers. A homemade lotion with essential oils is customizable and rather simple to make. Here’s a recipe:
- 3 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 to 1 cup of distilled water
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax
- 10 to 30 drops preferred essential oil(s) or terpene isolate(s)
This formula may have to be slightly tinkered with in order to find your desired consistency. Beeswax is a comedogenic (will not clog pores) and is known to keep skin moist and blemish-free. Olive oil may be substituted for another neutral base like almond oil or avocado oil, but secoiridoids in olive oil have been proven to suppress gene expression related the Warburg effect, a process related to the formation of cancer. Olive oil also helps to prevent natural aging-related changes in skin cells. Shea butter adds more richness to this hydrating skin-glowing lotion. With the ability to boost collagen, shea butter is a perfect ingredient to add to this formula. Frankincense oil is believed to be anti-aging and prevents wrinkles, plus it smells sweet and clean. Peppermint oil may also be a good decision as it is microbial and contains menthol and eucalyptol, two terpenes known to provide a cooling effect along with many benefits including; irritation, itching, and burning relief, blackhead and whitehead elimination, and diminishment of dark spots and age spots. Overall these terpenes and oils promote clearer, healthier skin.
Are you trying to save face? A homemade face mask is an excellent treatment to combat dry or oily skin. They’re easy to apply, fun to use and are great at delivering results. The right face mask can hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They’re also an excellent way to pull out impurities, plus wearing a face mask provides the feeling of being pampered like you’re at a spa from the comfort of your own home.
If it is your first time using a particular oil, do a patch test on a small area of skin (away from the face) first to ensure that you don’t have an adverse reaction. It would be far better to have a breakout or rash on your wrist than across the entirety of your face. Oils can be substituted for desired scent and benefits.
For a generally radiant face mask use:
◊ 1 tablespoon honey
◊ 1 tablespoon lemon juice
◊ 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
◊ 1 tablespoon powdered cinnamon
◊ 2 drops nutmeg oil
◊ 2 drops cinnamon bark oil
Combine the ingredients into a glass bowl to form a thick, sticky paste. Vary the lemon juice amount to achieve desired consistency. Apply the mixture to your face and remove after 20 minutes.
Cinnamon bark oil contains eugenol and caryophyllene, two anti-inflammatory and analgesic terpenes proven to have skin benefits. Honey is filled with antioxidants and it soothes and moisturizes the skin while working as an anti-aging agent. Nutmeg has curative properties which heal scars and reduce lines, wrinkles, and creases on the face. Plus, these ingredients smell wonderful.
For excessively oily skin use:
◊ 5 tablespoons organic aloe vera gel
◊ 10 drops lavender oil
◊ 5 drops tea tree oil
◊ 1–2 drops cinnamon bark oil
Aloe vera contains a plethora of beneficial properties. It contains antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and is highly anti-inflammatory. Tea tree oil calms and cools the skin.
For hydrating your skin, use:
◊ 1 teaspoon honey
◊ 1 teaspoon coconut oil
◊ ¼ avocado
◊ 2 drops helichrysum oil
First, puree the avocado until it is smooth and liquefied, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the consistency is even. Apply to the face and remove after 15 minutes. Applying moisturizer afterward helps keep the skin hydrated as well. Helichrysum oil contains many skin-improving terpenes like camphene, menthol, and eucalyptol.
For blackheads, use:
- Activated charcoal
- Baking soda
- Bentonite clay
- Several drops of water or witch hazel
- 1-2 drops preferred essential oil (optional)
Activated charcoal draws out dirt, cleans and shrinks pores, and improves skin tone. Baking soda opens pores, allowing the other cleansing ingredients to remove all the dirt deep within the skin. It also eliminates blackheads and smooths skin. Bentonite clay can be purchased online. The natural product has a high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium. It absorbs and removes toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. As a rule of thumb with all of these face masks, start slowly with essential oils near the face. A little goes a long way, so make sure to always experiment on the conservative side of things.